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World in brief: February 19, 2021

GERMANY: Top officials, religious leaders and footballers commemorated the victims of a racist attack in Hanau, near Frankfurt, one year after a man shot dead nine people with immigrant backgrounds before killing his mother and then himself.

Anti-racism campaigners called for a crackdown on hate speech. Gunman Tobias Rathjen left behind a paranoid rant filled with conspiracy tropes and vitriol against migrants.

INDIA: Rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed two police officers today in an attack in Srinagar, the disputed region’s main city, officials said. 

Elsewhere in the Himalayan region, three suspected rebels and a police officer died in two gun battles.

AFRICA: The continent has surpassed 100,000 confirmed deaths from Covid-19 as it struggles with a dangerous resurgence of the virus and medical oxygen often runs desperately short.

Twenty-one countries, including Sudan, Egypt, Liberia, Mali and Zimbabwe, now have case fatality rates that are higher than the global average.

ISRAEL: Equatorial Guinea is to move its embassy to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, even though few countries recognise the city as Israel’s capital.

Equatorial Guinea would become the third country, after the United States and Guatemala, to move its embassy to the city. Kosovo and Malawi have announced plans to follow suit.


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